I read a blog article recently, the link for which had been tweeted by a national newspaper columnist and feminist, and it got me a bit wound up. The article was centered around a woman’s right to grow her body hair and challenging the rules of the body police. Ok, yes I know, this might not be palatable but stick with me… now from what I can gather, the writers intention was to challenge the concept that women have to shave off their body hair to be accepted. The writer suggests that women are made to feel that it is compulsory for to remove our body hair.
Now I am a supporter of women’s rights and think equality is important and that gender stereotypes should be challenged, I also think that the objectification of women is limiting and demeaning… but letting your chin whiskers, short and curlies, or in fact any other bodily hair grow wild does not a better feminist make. I do not feel that I have been raised in a society where we are lined up at school and handed a box of Bic disposables in exchange for the forced surrender of our knee high socks. I should point out that the young lady leading the charge here (an excellent writer I must admit.. kudos to you madam) happens to be gorgeous, young and blonde, and that is not her fault. Like it or not however, it does skew the article somewhat. You see, it’s one thing flashing a little blonde barely visible leg fluff under the frills of your maxi dress, or to wave your baby soft armpit hair in the breeze as you hail a taxi once in a while. It is quite another to share your hair if you are a pale pasty faced brunette genetically gifted with thick black spikes of hair that can penetrate even the thickest 60 denier tights and slice actual holes in your favourite cashmere cardie. To prepare for this particular article, the writer confessed that she had rarely gone outdoors with her hairy legs on show and had even changed the way she dressed to accommodate her feminist mission, so I am confused. Where is the learning here? Bravo, you’ve let your hair hang loose… oh, wait a minute, you didn’t actually hang it out and are still conforming by covering it all up…. hmmm.
But it was the final question in the article that really got my goat. If you start shaving again, do you lose feminism?
To read the original article that inspired this piece in full click the link http://vagendamag.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/hair-not-musical.html